Shichi-mi tōgarashi (七味唐辛子, seven-flavor chili pepper), also known as nana-iro tōgarashi (七色唐辛子, seven-color chili pepper) or simply shichimi, is a common Japanese spice mixture containing seven ingredients.
A typical blend may contain:
- coarsely ground red chili pepper (the main ingredient)
- ground sanshō (“Japanese pepper”)
- roasted orange peel (Chenpi)
- black sesame seed
- white sesame seed
- hemp seed
- ground ginger
- nori or aonori (seaweed)
- poppy seed
It dates back at least to the 17th century, when it was produced by herb dealers in Edo, current day Tokyo, and sometimes it is referred to as Yagenbori (薬研堀, from the name of the original place of production). Most shichimi sold today come from one of three kinds, sold near temples: Yagenbori (やげん堀) sold near Sensō-ji, Shichimiya (七味家) sold near Kiyomizu-dera, and Yawataya Isogorō (八幡屋磯五郎) sold near Zenkō-ji.
- Nihon Kokugo Daijiten (dictionary).
- Shin Meikai kokugo jiten (dictionary).
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